The Android operating system is seeing rapid growth worldwide, and is projected to become the number-one platform for enterprise smartphones by next year. With this in mind, Samsung plans to introduce a slew of new SAFE-ready devices (Samsung Approved for Enterprise), starting with the U.S. launch of its Galaxy S III smartphone, which the company said will help simplify and encourage enterprise adoption.
To coincide with the launch of the new program, Samsung also announced SAFE2SWITCH, a trade-up program that offers competitive pricing for qualifying devices to its individual and enterprise customers.
Samsung's Galaxy S Series has propelled the mobile device maker into the global spotlight, surpassing all of its competitors by selling over 50 million units of the Galaxy S I and II handsets worldwide. Its new Galaxy S III model, currently available internationally, will launch in North America this summer and saw a record 9 million pre-orders.
The SAFE-branded Galaxy S III will support a full suite of enterprise-ready software and business capabilities, including AES-256 bit encryption, support for Microsoft Exchange as well as Virtual Private Network (VPN) and Mobile Device Management (MDM) solutions.
The device will feature Samsung's “Allshare Play,” which allows the sharing of PowerPoint presentations and PDF documents, and “S-Beam,” a one-touch sharing solution allowing business associates to exchange contact and meeting information by simply tapping their phones together.
Tim Wagner, VP and general manager of Enterprise Sales at Samsung Mobile, believes SAFE-branded devices will be the next big thing in enterprise solutions.
“The highly desirable Galaxy S III smartphone systematically defragments Android to provide a consistent level of IT compliance for individuals who demand the very best in both their personal and professional lives,” said Wagner.
The SAFE-branded Galaxy S III will be available in July to five U.S carriers.
Edited by Braden Becker